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Mama's on Washington Square

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
+1 415-362-6421
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up...
Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up traditional and innovative breakfast dishes in "Little Italy", the famous North Beach District in San Francisco. Across the street from the beautiful Washington Square Park, Mama's legions of fans line up early and throughout the day. We use the freshest of local products, imported Italian meats to fill our fluffy omelettes, homemade jam, fresh baked breads, pastries and other delectable dishes. We invite you to try our little restaurant and become part of the Mama's Family.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 611
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  • 260
    Very good
  • 109
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Over rated! Definitely over priced!

I have been trying to get into this place over the last 3-4 some ears. The long queue always prevented us from visiting this place until yesterday when we had more time in our hands to stand under the heat of the winter sun to try what they call "the Best and MUST try!" I am disappointed! I will... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Angelgabrielle1968
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Palo Alto, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I have been trying to get into this place over the last 3-4 some ears. The long queue always prevented us from visiting this place until yesterday when we had more time in our hands to stand under the heat of the winter sun to try what they call "the Best and MUST try!" I am disappointed! I will rate... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We spotted the long queue outside Mama's while trying to find 'Lombard Street'. Decided to give it a shot straight away! People always talking about hours waiting on Yelp, it didn't really happen to us. We've only waited for 3 mins before entering the store, and my secret is - Be there before store open. The store is not big,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I enjoyed this place so much I went back the next day at 7am and waited in the line for the opening time. Massive range of breakfast and lunch options. This is a place you need to go before you die. It is in the top 10 best places I have have food. Mama's is not just a restaurant, it... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We had to come here after every guide book raved about it. We didn't arrive early enough so we did have to wait a good 45 minutes. It was definitely worth the wait though! The cafe itself is homely and unpretentious and the service was pleasant. We were pretty hungry so I had eggs florentine and fiancée had eggs benedict... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I'm not going to say the food is bad, it's not. Is it special - NO. San Fransisco is an genuine american gem of a city. Good food is EVERYWHERE to be found here. I'm very lucky that I come every few months for work. So what's my beef with mama's? Quite simply its popularity. When you are in such... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

"Plan on waiting at least an hour!" we heard over and over. Lucky us! Not only was it a beautiful, sunny morning on a Friday in January but we didn't wait that long at all! (maybe 45 min. which gives you a chance to mingle with the crowd, finding out where everyone is from) Love that they have the "special... More 

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Bay Area, CA
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29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My goodness, over 1000 reviews? Does it really need another one. At some point, I think some look for something to give a lower rating. I mean I can do that too. I can remove 1-2 stars simply by saying the wait SUCKS. And you aggressively have to try and come early so your wait is not too long, or... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I can see lots of positive posts but I can't understand why....this place has been so hyped up I think people feel it must be good even if it's crap. We queued before 7 to get in and I wish I can get that time back. Service ordering rushed - you queue, order then are seated. We got placed right... More 

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Audubon, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

During my visit to San Fran, I decided to Google for the best breakfast/brunch restaurant in the city. Mama's was the first to show up in the results so I decided to give it a try. The wait was incredibly long (about 2 hours) but since all of the reviews were positive, I decided to wait it out. I was... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I have to queued for abt 1.5hours plus to get in. They have a very cute little ting cafe! But its really worth the wait. I like the waffles! Try them on. Try to come ard 2.30pm when they are abt to close. I heard the queue will not be as long as brunch time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-6421

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up traditional and innovative breakfast dishes in "Little Italy", the famous North Beach District in San Francisco. Across the street from the beautiful Washington Square Park, Mama's legions of fans line up early and throughout the day. We use the freshest of local products, imported Italian meats to fill our fluffy omelettes, homemade jam, fresh baked breads, pastries and other delectable dishes. We invite you to try our little restaurant and become part of the Mama's Family.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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